Jason Hope has made a name for himself as one of the nation’s leading tech entrepreneurs. The Arizona businessman has an impressive record to his credit.
He was one of the first movers in the premium mobile content space, beating Apple to market by nearly a decade.
But recently, Hope, who has a reputation of being perennially bullish on the future, has become concerned with some of the implications of a rapidly automating society.
The future is now
Hope has long been one of the principal proponents of all the wondrous possibilities that technologies, such as the Internet of Things, have to offer. But neither is he some kind of futurist Pollyanna. Hope has long been concerned with the implications of some of the more disruptive aspects of the widespread adoption of new technologies.
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One of these is the ever improving and expanding state of automation. Many people think of things like completely automated restaurants, where no employees are involved in food preparation or serving, and self-driving cars are foggy concepts that belong to the distant future. Jason Hope is quick to point out that their view is false. The future is now.
In California, the chain Eatsa is a fully-automated, self-serve fast food restaurant. It has more or less proven the concept of a restaurant with essentially no employees. Elsewhere in the same state, companies such as Uber and Mercedes Benz rack up millions of miles per year with completely autonomous cars. The spread of these technologies is only a matter of time.